Planning for Rome and booking it’s sites

What you need to book in advance

There are two things you should consider booking in advance. I’ll rephrase that. If you intend to see either of these two sites you SHOULD  book both of these sites in advance.

The first are the Colosseum ,  roman forum, and palatine hill.

I list them together because you can get one single ticket for the whole site.

Things to remember. You are not allowed to bring in large backpacks. This shouldn’t be an issue if you leave your expedition gear back at the campsite.  A small day bag should be fine. You’ll have to clear security. Don’t come over loaded with things that will need to be screened. Finally the site can only take three thousand people at a time. Best to go early . If you go later in the day and find things near capacity you will have to wait.

Coopculture.it is the official booking website. The only official booking website


Colosseum tickets

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View of the Colosseum from the bridge
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View of the Colosseum from the bridge

Roman ruins
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View from behind the Campidoglio

Palatine hill Rome Italy
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Palatine hill the start of Rome

B&W view of the Palatine hill
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B&W view of the Palatine hill with the sun in the frame

rome arch of constantine
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Arch of constantine in Rome

The Colosseum in early morning light
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The Colosseum in early morning light

Planning for Rome and booking it’s sites

The other site to consider booking in advance are the Vatican museums.

The museivaticani.va is the official ticket source.

If you don’t buy your tickets in advance you risk long lines just to get to the front of the ticket booth. Don’t be tempted to not buy your tickets.

OTOH you only need tickets if you wish to see the museum or the gardens. Saint Peter’s itself doesn’t require a ticket and is free. You will have to queue for security before entering.  The climb on to the roof does require a ticket but there isn’t much of a line.


Vatican Museum tickets

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St. Peters from the square
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St. Peters from the square with light clouds

Saint Peter's Rome from Castel Sant Angelo
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Saint Peter’s Rome from Castel Sant Angelo

Saint Peter's Basilica
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Saint Peter’s Basilica small summer crowd

St. Peter's Square colonnades
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St. Peter’s Square colonnades with white clouds above

St. Peters from the square
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St. Peters from the square with a blue sky

St. Peters from Castel Sant Angelo
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St. Peters from Castel Sant Angelo

Galleria Borghese

One other site to consider booking is the Galleria borghese

If you have any intention to visit the gallery book in advance.

 

Gallery Borghese

Vatican Museums

Colosseum

The rest

The rest of the sites even if busy don’t really require booking in advance. You can leave yourself some flexibility by not booking the other sites. But if you have ANY must sees check opening dates and times on the official websites. Holidays and events can affect openings. 

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Planning for your trip to Rome Italy. Including what to book and how. Links to the official websites.
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